Democracy's political views are expressed in a unique 5 song collection of spoken word, hip-hop and acapella singing. All pieces are performed solo with voice as the only instrument, to emphasize his political commentary and world view. The author urges all to take an active role in their democracy.
Devil's Advocate was cheesy. The accent? Wow.
I thought "7 minutes" was pretty good. Democracy isn't bad at spoken-word as in the beginning of "7 minutes" though I must say the rhyming was a bit overdone and some of his accenting is awkward. Monophonic music always lends itself to interesting structure. Definitely unique.
January 21, 2005 Subject:
Sounds like art to me
As unrefined as this music may seem to the naked pop cultured ear, this music has a quality untainted by trend and popularity. Its artistic value doesn't just skip off the surface, but reaches deep down and extends authentic honesty. It's interesting to hear perspective. This music isn't meant to tuck you in and make you feel comfy, nor is it meant to sway opinion, it just meant to express. I enjoyed the tireless rhyming schemes and intelligent lyrics. Good art is sometimes hard to swallow...at first.
January 18, 2005 Subject:
I think you're being a bit harsh here. I don't agree with what he's saying, and I don't even like hip-hop -- but the presentation is well done, especially for a capella. Even if you don't like what's being said, that's no excuse for bashing the talent used to create this.
Reviewer:wendy m -
January 13, 2005 Subject:
I concur! why bother recording it?
Yes, I have to agree with Robert-this is NOT great stuff, and I wouldn't qualify it as music. As the creator himself said, self-promotion is tacky, as is putting this on the Seal site. As far as your admirer on the site, "T.A.", he doesn't know which way the wind is blowing, and thinks he can carry on with more than one woman concurrently, and that's a twisted idea of love, my friend. He's about to find out what happens when one finds about about the others. Yes, democracy at work, the people have spoken-PLEASE stick to your day job!!!!
Reviewer:Robert Kaufman -
January 11, 2005 Subject:
Very Bad Nursery Rhymes
"Not waste a word?" This whole mess is nothing but wasted words, delivered in a reedy, almost monotone voice. You can tell the author is snickering as he recites his tedious rhymes. Not music by any stretch of the imagination! And posting a link to this crap on Seal's website was ridiculous, under the topic of "Songs that Move You!" Please keep your opinionated politics out of Seal's website! The only type of movement this boring hyperbole could promote is a BOWEL MOVEMENT!! No more, please! Stick to your day job! I would rate it a Zero, but I can't-the lowest I can give it is a 1. Ouch.
Reviewer:Jacobus Ichiro -
November 2, 2004 Subject:
Statement by the Author
This is my first opus, a statement in three movements about my views of America under the Bush administration. It was written over the span of three years, after coming back to Michigan after studying in Japan, Germany and Tunisia.
I have been distributing it in the Seattle area during the run up to the 2004 election, with a series of performances and culture jams. I burned almost 1000 copies on my Imac, and canvassed them out in several unique ways: stapling ziplocked CD baggies to campaign signs (both Kerry and Bush), putting CD's underneath windshield wipers (sometimes whole parking lots, depending on the event), handing them out at street performances, stapling baggies to power poles in heavy pedesrtian traffic areas and doing local open mics.
I offer this to the world for free, but I ask the casual reader not to confuse pricelessness with worthlessness. If anyone would like to make a 5 dollar donation to my music fund, feel free to paypal me at firstname.lastname@example.org Also, if you would like to send feedback please feel free to use the same address, I love democracy, whether you agree with me or not. All I ask is that you be respectful, and agree to disagree if it comes to it.
I rate myself at five stars because I speak from the heart, and try not to waste a word. I wish all politicians would do the same. I hope you enjoy my music.